It’s winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it’s personal.
Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.
It’s been just 3 years since Sarah Hilary published her debut, Someone Else’s Skin, and in that time she has become a well-respected British crime author, and it’s easy to see why.
Marnie Rome and Noah Jake are interesting characters, with well-developed personal histories (Marnie’s psychotic foster brother, Stephen, is in prison for the murder of her – and his foster – parents), that add very rich layers to a crime thriller that already has plenty. And I think that is one of Sarah’s great skills; she develops her characters, and not just the protagonists, in a way that really helps the reader engage.
There are lots of dark places visited in this book, from abduction to vigilantism, and we are led through them as the story seems to present an increasingly complex case for our detective duo to solve. But one that could be very personal, as following the ransacking of Marnie’s family home, there appears to be a very strong link to Stephen.
A great book, made even more interesting for readers of the previous books with the additional exploration of Marnie and Stephen’s past.